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Key Sites in the Madaba Region

  • Madaba

    Significant city from the iron age through Byzantine times; best known for its byzantine mosaics, especially the map in St. George's Orthodox Church.

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  • Khirbat Iskandar

    Khirbat Iskandar

    Early Bronze Age site providing detailed information about early urban architecture and settlement history; named after Alexander the Great.

    Distance to site from Madaba 25 km

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  • Dhiban

    Dhiban

    Moabite capital of king Mesha, mentioned in ancient literary sources like the Mesha Stele, which was found at Dhiban in the mid 19th century.  

    Distance to site from Madaba 33 km

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  • Mukawir

    Mukawir

    Fortified Herodian royal palace over looking the Dead Sea; location of the beheading of john the Baptist.

    Distance to site from Madaba 35 km

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  • Khirbat al-Mudayna

    Khirbat al-Mudayna

    Iron Age fortified sit with six-chambered gate, casemate wall system, and domestic, industrial, and religious installations; adjacent to Nabataean villa with water reservoir.    

    Distance to site from Madaba 23 km

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  • Umm ar-rasas

    Umm ar-rasas

    Large settlement known for its Byzantine churches and Stylite Tower existing for centuries into the early Islamic period; home to the famous Church of St.Stephen.

    Distance to site from Madaba 30 km

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  • Hisban

    Hisban

    Connected with major regional events around the end of the second millennium BC, according to ancient literary sources; home to Byzantine churches and medieval Islamic governor's house. 

    Distance to site from Madaba 9 km

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  • Umayri

    Umayri

    Known for its Early Bronze Age dolmen, Late Bronze age temple, and Early Iron Age "four-room" house; one of best preserved sites in the region.

    Distance to site from Madaba 25 km

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  • Jalul

    Jalul

    Massive Bronze and Iron Age site with approaching eastern roadway and gate system, huge water reservoir, and domestic and public buildings; adjacent Late Islamic village 

    Distance to site from Madaba 5 km

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  • MT.Nebo/Al-Mukhayyat

    MT.Nebo/Al-Mukhayyat

    Important region west of Madaba associated with ritual activity and pilgrimage; remains from the Chalcolithic to the Early Islamic periods.

    Distance to site from Madaba 6 km

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  • Khirbat Artaruz

    Khirbat Artaruz

    Religious site from Iron Age Moab mentioned in ancient literary source including the Mesha Stele; home to a Moabite temple and magnificent bull figures.

    Distance to site from Madaba 30 km

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  • Khirbat Safra

    Khirbat Safra

    Small Early Iron Age site only recently undergoing excavation; boasts a casemate wall system around the perimeter and domestic ceramic remains.

    Distance to site from Madaba 17 km

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  • Lahun

    Lahun

    Multi-period site Known for its strategic placement overlooking the spectacular wadi Muijb to the south; important Early Iron Age settlement and Nabataean temple.  

    Distance to site from Madaba 32 km

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  • Murayghat

    Murayghat

    Known best for its Early Bronze Age architecture, especially scores of dolmens, megalithic stone burials found from Jordan to the UK.

    Distance to site from Madaba 13 km

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